A healthy heart is a key component to maintaining a healthy body. Older adults are particularly prone to cardiovascular disease, with over 42.2 million older adults having one or more cardiovascular diseases. The average annual rates of cardiovascular disease rise approximately 71% from middle to older adulthood. The vast majority of cardiovascular related deaths occur in people ages 75 and older.
The American Heart Association recommends that older adults should have an ankle-brachial index test every one to two years. The purpose of the test is to identify whether plaque has built between the leg arteries, a less common cardiovascular disease. Watching your weight is another key to managing cardiovascular disease and preventing its onset. Integrating gentle exercise into your daily routine is also integral for maintaining a healthy heart. Older adults should also learn about the warning signs of cardiovascular disease, particularly those associated with heart attack and stroke. If you are caring for an older adult, seek resources to educate yourself and your loved one on risk factors for cardiovascular disease.
Changing your daily routine can be difficult if taken on all at once. Aim to make one small change a day. Particularly if you’re concerned about cardiovascular disease, focus on changing your diet and incorporating exercise. If you smoke, seek help to reduce your nicotine intake. The staggering statistics about cardiovascular disease emphasize the importance of older adults taking preventative measures to ensure the health of their heart.
The Doolittle Home works with our residents individually to ensure that their hearth health is constantly monitored. Through daily checking of vital signs, regular physician visits, a healthy diet, medicine management and activities for the mind and body, residents of The Doolittle Home enjoy a long and healthy retirement.
Meet Christine Kent, Director of Nursing Services
Christine came to Doolittle Home in 1997. A graduate of St. Elizabeth School of Nursing, Christine began her Doolittle Home career as a night shift nurse. Christine has been Director since 2005, and oversees a staff of 25 nurses, CNAs, as well as the Physical Therapist, Medical Director, Dietician, Social Worker, and Pharmacy Consultant. Christine says, “Working at Doolittle Home is like working with family. We all work together as a team to get the job done. What each of us brings to the residents, makes the difference.”
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